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December, 2010

Cute Coin Bank Plays Cat & Mouse With Your Loose Change

Got change you can believe in? Save it... in the Sutakora Coin Bank. This cute musical coin bank from Japan plays cat & mouse with your loose change while serenading savers with an adorable tune!

Two Useless Sneaker Technologies in One Shoe: Solebox Reebok Omnizone Pump

Lights, air action! A new sneaker from Reebok and Solebox has more weird gadgets than any shoe should.

Return of the Pickup Car May Be Imminent

The Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger have all lasted for decades, why not the Chevy El Camino? It may just be making a comeback.

9 Best Travel-Related Businesses of 2010

With the recession starting to become only a memory, traveling is something that many individuals decided to start doing again, and as a result, so did the presence of new travel-related businesses. There have been some cool ones this year, and the best were of course the most obscure. As we ring in the new year and you start to think about travel plans for 2011, here are some of 2010's best travel businesses to help you out!

7 New Architectural & Interior Design Trends For 2011

Most of us believe that architectural and design worlds are ahead of  the rest of us in their visions for the future. If you've been following design trends for the past few years, I think you'll find that forecasts for 2011 are more reflective of the very cautious optimism reflected in the economies of many developed countries.  Though forward looking, design for 2011 keeps one foot solidly on the other side of the fence

GoPro to Launch World's First 3D Action Cam

Enjoy 3D video at the movies? Pretty soon you'll be able to bring 3D to your own action video thanks to a new 3D expansion kit.

Bear Grylls On Your Back: Knives And Survival Gear

Bear Grylls jumps off your TV screen and into your backpack with this line of survival gear.

Continue The Winter Indulging With A Skookie Pan

Okay, so maybe after all of the holiday indulgences the last thing you want to think about is sweets, but just in case you are still looking for some sugary comfort food you should check out the Skookie.  I have an enormous sweet tooth so the idea of a warm, gooey cookie is always appealing to me.  These small cast iron skillets are made specifically for creating thick, rich cookie desserts hot from the oven.

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

Urban Outfitters Mood Lipstick: Cosmetics With A Little Personality!

Sometimes you might just feel like screaming your mood from the rooftops, and there are probably times when you do. Urban Outfitters has come up with a slightly more appropriate option for you to share how you're feeling without sharing or screaming it!

Homless Shelter Coat Serves Multiple Purposes

It's not the first of its kind; we've seen coats that double as homeless shelters before, but this is one that's functional and stylish, and even more importantly, warm!

Migraine Magic Plus Massages Away Eye Tension

Migraines aren’t like any old headache; they can be quite debilitating and if you get them frequently it can be hard to plan anything ahead of time.  As someone who has gone through periods of frequent attacks, I am always interested in products that say that they offer migraine relief, especially if they are medication-free.  The Migraine Magic Plus is one such device.

GroupMe: Beta Application Makes iPhone Conferencing Easy!

In today's world of remote working, there's a new app that feels like the perfect solution to stay in touch with co-workers all over the place. With my own team located worldwide, I know how hard it is to stay connected and catch people at the same time, but there is a great way for iPhone users to do it now!

Press Don't Panic: New Technology Focuses On Teaching People How To Handle Emergencies

Would you know what to do if someone near you suffered from a seizure or an allergic reaction once panic sets in? You might not have previously, but now there's a business that's released a neat little gadget to offer the ideal solution.

Knickermail: UK Business Offers Sexy Gift Option For The Girl Who's Over Flowers

We've seen businesses that like to stick panties in the mail in the past, but there's a UK company that's just popped up that's taking a bit of a different approach to the business of knickers!

Alleviate Kitchen Drawer Clutter With The Click N Cook

If your kitchen is anything like mine you have at least one drawer that is crammed full of cooking utensils and gadgets.  In fact, it is so stuffed that sometimes it is difficult to just get the drawer open and then once it is open it is like playing “Where’s Waldo?” trying to spot the item that you need. The Click n Cook by Quirky may help to end some of this kitchen aggravation.

Finding The Fun – Hide And Seek Goes Wireless

Combining the ancient art of hide and seek with wireless technology and plush animals equals the Hide and Seek Safari Jr. – fun for kids of all ages.

Crack Mask – Aqua Access Rather Than Addiction Affliction

Access to water during a fire or emergency is a must, but can often be difficult to find. Now, the Crack Mask offers mobile moisture during a panic. 

10 Insane Hot Sauce Labels

The hot sauce market is saturated with new product--and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.  So how do you make your sauce stand out among all of the competition?  You devise  unique brand names and insane logos, that's how.

2010's Disruptive Technologies At Odds: Ipad vs WikiLeaks

The game-changing technology of the iPad and WikiLeaks fast became part of the world zeitgeist this year. Under normal circumstances disruptive technology is a stand-alone innovation setting a new path for technology that went before. If iPad disrupted the laptop and eReader industries, and WikiLeaks was a political game-changer in the world of journalism - how did they cross paths to motivate one to reject the other?

10 Food Trends For 2011 Predicted By The Experts!

The predictions are in from the professionals who follow what's getting the emphasis in the food industry globally and, sometimes, regionally.  What foods will be hot and which will not in 2011?

UnHear It: The Ear Worm Solution When You Can't Get A Song Out Of Your Head

There's nothing worse than getting a song stuck in your head, and you know that there's just no hope in ever getting rid of it, until one creative website came up with a way for you to do so.

Light Up Your Wheels With The Tron Skatecycle

A unique piece of sports gear dedicated to the next big blockbuster, the Tron-inspired Skatecycle is a geeky but stylish way of wheeling down the block.

Jelloware: Drinking Cups That Are Edible And Environmentally Friendly

Dixie is a company best known for their cups proving that sometimes there's one product in a line that becomes the central focus. Another business just may be following in their footsteps in that way, but the fact that cups are the face of the business is about the only shared similarities between this new one and Dixie.

Snowboarding Ninja Suit Jump Kicks Your Season

The Ninja Suit delivers warmth and unique styling to the dullest part of your skiwear: the base layer.

Magic Ink T-Shirt Designed To Get Help For Pregnant Women

Pregnancy can be a stressful time and you have no idea when you just might need to get someone's attention to receive a little assistance. There are a lot of better methods of doing so, but for one that's gimmicky and funny, you can try a 'Help' novelty t-shirt!

St-Walkers Stumble-Free Stiletto Suspenders

There's nothing worse than the Cinderella Syndrome where your heel comes straight out of your stiletto and you walk out of it, or worse yet, twist an ankle. When you've carefully selected shoes to go right along with an outfit, there's no worse disaster that can happen. Okay, well that may be a bit melodramatic, but regardless, there's now a fashionable solution.

Another 2,000-HP Hypercar With Possible World Record Ambitions

An upcoming supercar with a whopping 2,200 horsepower on tap, the Keating ZKRs promises to be an exciting contender.

Color Your Own iPhone Case: Funky Fashion For Your Favorite Gadget

Customizable fashions are some of the most fun items out there, and these days, our iPhones have become our favorite fashion accessories so it only makes sense that we would dress them up just as we try to dress ourselves and allow them to reflect our personalities.

Trendy Handbags Made From Trashy Plastic Bags By Sheila Odessey

Global consumption of plastic bags is estimated to be 1 million bags per minute.  When Sheila Odessey heard such startling stats, she decided to do her part by turning the trashy into the trendy.  Her line of handwoven handbags made from discarded plastic bags are both functional and fashionable.  From messenger bags to "clutchlettes" to makeup bags, Sheila's collection is sure to make an impact on both the fashion world and the environment.

Boon's Glo Nightlight Is Part Toy, Part Soothing Light Source

For parents of babies and toddlers, there is not much better than an infant product that can multi-task.  When you have a house full of baby gear it is great to find an item that serves more than one purpose.  Boon’s Glo Nightlight, which is set to hit the market in the spring of 2011, is a toy and soothing light source in one.

Syma S107 Helicopter – Flight Goes Palm-Sized

The Syma S107 helicopter delivers stable, indoor flying fun in the palm of your child’s hand – for under $50!


Pi4-Workerbot Lends Hands To Assembly Lines

From German future designer Fraunhofer comes the Pi4-Workerbot, designed to supplement assembly line production with two hands, fingertip sensitivity and the ability to look bored. 

Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace

As LIKE buttons populate the Web, Facebook is enmeshing itself into the fabric of the Internet to become its defacto eCommerce marketplace. Stand-alone Web sites are no longer enough to attract new or repeat visitors. The old school business model of eBay has become passé and are being replaced by start-ups like Yardsellr that are using the conduit of Facebook's News Feeds to cement deals.

Free Your Sole: Five Finger Shoes For Toes On The Go

Japanese show retailer Globe is set to release three styles of all-weather, separate-toe sneakers in January of 2011. Globe's “Five Finger Shoes” provide enhanced comfort, improved circulation and a more natural barefoot feel compared to standard shoes and sneakers.

The Password Vault: More Stuff You Don't Have To Remember

Albert Einstein rhetorically questioned, "Why should I remember anything when I can just look it up?" Now there was a man after my own heart. And here is a gadget after my own heart too: the Password Vault.

Electric Car/Motorbike Combo Could Be The Ultimate Dual-Use Vehicle

Car or motorbike? Why not a car with two wheels that transform into motorbikes? That's some heavy-duty M.A.S.K. /Transformer-type action, and we hope it's the wave of the future.

That's Not A Knife, This Is A Knife!! Credit Card With Big Blade

An intriguing take on the pocket knife, this knife packs thin and light and transforms into a stainless steel utility knife.

All-New Porsche Coming Next Month, View It Live Via Webcast

Porsche announced that it will introduce a brand new car at the Detroit Auto Show next month. But it hasn't indicated what that model will be, leaving the industry scrambling to figure it out.

Researchers Hope To Control Obesity Through Fecal Transplants

If you think you've accidentally stumbled onto April Fools' Day, let me assure you, you haven't.  The hypothesis that a fecal transplant can help control obesity is not so far-fetched, as previous studies indicate that the treatment just needs a bit of tweaking....

As Seen On TV: The Magic Jack - Product Review

We've all seen the commercial for the Magic Jack--an inexpensive USB device that can be used to make telephone calls via the Internet.  But does it work?

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Prosthetic Arm Biomimics The Arms Of An Octopus

Kaylene Kau, a recent graduate from the industrial design department at the University of Washington was challenged by a professor to 'push the boundaries of prosthetic design.'  So she did, and here, inspired by the fluid movements of an octopus's arms, is her multi-jointed Prosthetic Arm.

Ditch The Old TV Trays: Picnicc Offers A Better Way

Having a big group of family and friends over for a feast can be a great way to enjoy the season (and clear out some of the holiday leftovers).  Unfortunately, a lack of space leaves guests to balance plates precariously in their laps while also trying to hold onto a drink and use their cutlery.  The Picnicc tray from Uutensil solves this problem.

The Batmobile Inspired Tank: Even In War, Life Imitates Art

Yes, of course, inspirations can come from anywhere. But is BAE Systems taking cartoon-mimicry just a little too far with its Batman-inspired tank?

Top 10 Eco-Trends in 2010

From oil spills to record-breaking earthquakes, 2010 has seen some serious environmental devastation.  However, it wasn't all bad news for our planet this year.  From small-scale advancements in sustainable streetlights to alternative fuels that will hopefully decrease the likelihood of future oil spills, 2010 has seen an abundance of improvements in all things green.  I'm pleased to bring to you what I believe are the top 10 eco-trends of 2010.

A Heart Sling May Reduce Need For Open Heart Surgery: The BACE Device

...BACE is an implanted device that is not invasive to the heart, but fits around it like a sling - a tension band with 'weights' that provides the extra support the mitral valve needs to close properly and to keep blood from regurgitating back into the heart.

Tractor Beams: Now a Reality

For decades science fiction fans have been exposed to the theory of the tractor beam, a device that can tug another object through space--sort of like a spaceship's version of a tow cable.  Researchers have now succeeded in creating this device... on a very small scale.

LAST CALL For HOT IDEAS! Everyday Edisons, Season 4

Deadlines are upon us for Everyday Edisons Season 4 submissions.  Don't even worry if your idea is not prototyped yet; the online submission can even be sketched out on a napkin!

Kindle Gets Booked On Several Counts Of Free Content

As popular as the iPad is for the eBook reader market, there didn't seem to be any slow down in Kindle sales this holiday season. In fact, according to media reports, Amazon was scheduled to ship more than eight million Kindle e-Readers this year - 60 percent up from previous forecasts. And not only are there now more Kindle owners, it is becoming easier to pay for your Kindle with the money you save in receiving free books.

Chinese Container Homes Rent For A Dollar A Day

High housing costs and great demand for living space in China's cities has sparked a boom in so-called “Snail Houses” - modified and insulated metal shipping containers that rent for the equivalent of just a dollar a day.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Hello Kitty 'Year Of The Rabbit' Charms Wish You A Hoppy New Year!

2011 may not be a Leap Year but these official Hello Kitty “Year of the Rabbit” plush dolls and mobile phone charms are hopping off store shelves, right into your heart!

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?

Ridge Around The Moon – The Iapetus Mystery

In 1671, Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, Saturn’s most distant moon, and correctly surmised that it was tidally locked to the planet, always showing one light and one dark face. Now, as the Cassini space mission to Saturn returns more data, it Iapetus is showing a new feature – a ridge covering 75% of its equatorial surface.

It's Been Leaked Social Media Acronyms Are Being Re-Defined

Our world was full of acronyms even before social media came onto the scene. In business, someone could be SOL because he was in deep water with his boss. Or a member of the military might be AWOL for taking too much time off for R&R and didn't CYA. But today, acronyms of all sorts have popped into our lexicon as the result of smartphones and Twitter -  where it became even more important to find quicker ways to communicate with a limited number of characters for a tweet or text message.

Royal Society Of Chemistry Weighs In On Best Hangover Cure

Is it coffee, Coke, aspirin, or the 'hair of the dog?'  Is it cold pizza, chocolate milk, sauerkraut, or maybe a Bloody Mary?  What cures a hangover best?  The Royal Society of Chemistry has made a pronouncement....

Sock Mob Tours: A Different Look At London Through The Eyes Of The Homeless

Tours of cities often follow the same structure, showing visitors all the main attractions while providing some historical perspective. Well, one group has decided to change all that and take people on a tour of London that lets them see some of the less glamorous aspects of the city.

Seafood Buffet Has A Hello Kitty Theme!

Themed restaurants offer diners more than just food, they offer a whole experience. In some cases, people will visit certain restaurants not for the food but for the environment. One fun and funky theme has just arisen in a seafood buffet that`s international.

Super Mario Hoodie Transforms Geeky Gamers Into Their Favorite Star

Every gamer has dreamed of jumping into their favorite video game and Mario fans would love to have a chance onto the head of Goombas to see what sound they really make. Well, with a new fashion item, they're that much closer to making that dream come true!

Christmas Light Jewelry Is Recycled And Trendy

DIY jewelry from recycled objects is becoming a growing trend for people who enjoy all things eco-chic. The latest idea is one that is fitting to the season, and also allows you to maintain a bit of the holiday spirit year-round.

Nike Releases Special Christmas Basketball Sneakers

As a special seasonal release, Nike has created some Christmas sneakers that are already catching the attention of celebrity basketball stars that will be hitting the courts in these colorful kicks.

The First Ever 'Royal Engagement' Coin! But Who Is That Couple?

The Royal Mint has revealed its new limited-edition £5 coin with the supposed likeness of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton.  You can pay from £10 ($16.30) for a cupro-nickel coin up to and between £1,550 ($2480) for the solid gold coin. Will future value of these coins be affected by the likeness of the images to the Prince and his betrothed? 

 

 

Give the Gift of Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Wrapping Tips

This year don't just give green gifts, but wrap them green, too.  From purchasing specialty, eco-friendly paper to using what you already have in your home, wrapping with the environment in mind is easier and more festive than you may think.

Razor “A” Kick Scooter Slices Into The Christmas Season

Kids don’t really like walking, but it’s a bad idea to let a ten year old behind the wheel. Even bikes are phasing out of popularity, but Scooter company Razor has come up with a fun and portable way for kids to get from point A to point B. 

Palette Painting In The 21st Century – Moving Beyond Those “Happy Little Trees”

Though the Joy of Painting could often be as boring as, well – let’s not state the obvious – Bob Ross sure seemed to enjoy his work. Now, Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has created a technological equivalent in the Virtuo Palette.

Social Media Search Targets Quality Followers Similar To Quality Links

"Garbage in, Garbage Out" is an old saw used in the last century that implied inputting faulty data would only produce a output of flawed results. Google countered this paradigm in the early days when developing one its signals for its search algorithm - namely link building - and those that chose to game the system by amassing large number of links to achieve higher search rankings.

Wine Glass Neckace: The Perfect Holiday Party Accessory

For the holiday season, all women are in search of the perfect outfit to wear to Christmas parties or to ring in the New Year. Accessories play a big role in their fashionable selections as well, but this year the must have accessory isn't one you'd expect, but it is one you'd need!

Box Holidays: Grocery Store Style Vacation Shopping

It's so simple to walk into the grocery store and buy one of those boxed packages that provides you with everything you need to get a full, delicious meal on the table. In a world that thrives on convenience, this type of shopping is very much appreciated by many Americans. Apparently so much so that they've decided to apply this to vacation planning as well.

Storage By Mail: The Easiest Self-Storage Concept Ever

Self-storage is suddenly a hot business since A&E decided to put a show on about storage auctions, and now there's a new business on the scene that's getting attention. It's one that's made a simple change to a standard business concept, and it feeds on the fact that people like things to come easily!

MedCottage: Pop-Up Medical Home For Senior Care

When senior care falls to family members, it can be challenging for everyone involved due to a lack of privacy for both the senior and their family, and the fact that a family caregiver is constantly worried about their well-being. One business has created a solution to this, adopting a current trend but taking it in a new direction.

8 Of The Strangest And Funkiest Necklaces Found In 2010

You know, with fashion there are many designs that make you go "what the heck were they thinking?" Well, around here those are some of our favorite items to find, and this time, I've put together some of the strangest and funkiest necklaces out there for your pleasure  If you're looking for a last minute holiday gift with only 2 more shopping days left until Christmas, these are also some great options for the weirdo in your life!

The IKEA Bike

Unfortunately not a model that you'll be seeing in IKEA's catalog, the IKEA bike was a mass gift that the Swedish home decor company recently bestowed upon staff members as a holiday present.

Got Milk? Good. Dairy Products Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Cutting back on dairy products was the medical advice of the last two decades. It was recommended to stave off everything from extra pounds to coronary heart disease. But recently, researchers are finding that maybe it was not such hot advice - not for losing weight, not for heart disease, and now... not for those at risk for diabetes.

 


World's Next Fastest Production Car: TranStar Dagger GT

Car or fantasy? The American-made TranStar Dagger GT aims to be the first production car to 300 mph. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

GM Reuses Gulf Coast Oil Spill Materials for Chevy Volt Parts

General Motors intends to reuse 100 miles of oil-soaked plastic boom for parts in their Chevy Volt, the world's first electric vehicle with extended range. The material was originally used to absorb oil in the Gulf Coast  spill and is expected to contribute to the production of over 100,000 pounds of plastic resin for under the hood parts.

A Social Media Retelling Of The First Christmas

What if Mary and Joseph gave birth to their baby Jesus in the Digital Age? How would they have used the social media tools available to a world where one out of every 13 people have a Facebook account, and one tweet or YouTube video can catch the attention of thousands or millions if it goes viral. The Portuguese digital marketing company, Excentric not only explores that possibility but has produced a video titled, "The Digital Story of the Nativity" to explain to the world how they see that story playing out in the year 2010.

'Tis The Season For Stressed Out Pets! A Remedy To The Rescue

Whether you're bringing home a new pet this season or just trying to calm down the ones that are already stressed out by guests, new no-no's, or just your own anticipation, there's a remedy to the rescue!

 


Picture This – Electronic Photo Recognition Anywhere On The Globe May Help To Save Lives

Computer games have long be heralded as having a potentially deadly effect on American culture, stupefying children and rotting their brains with mindless repetitiveness. Now, the Northeastern University is using GPUs – Graphics Processing Units – to help save the world.

Bigfoot Stomps His Way Into Heart And Home – Remotely

Who doesn’t love Bigfoot? A man-myth, a legend of the forest, he’s entertained children of all ages for decades, and now Fisher Price has created a mini version of the elusive beast for kids to enjoy.

Social Media Critic Joins Exodus From Google To Facebook

Five months ago, a Google researcher by the name of Paul Adams exposed some chinks in Facebook's social networking armor. This week, he is leaving the search giant to join the network he critiqued. He is one of a growing number of Google's rank and file that have formed an exodus from the social media dessert of Google to the greener pastures of Facebook.

Safer For Pet's Paws & The Environment Too: Safe Paw Ice Melter

Slip slidin' away.  It might be fun for kids, but it's not much fun for dogs, let me tell you....

18-Function Chinese Army Shovel Is The Only Tool You'll Ever Need

The Swiss Army has the Swiss Army knife, Arthur Dent had his towel, and China has the latest in multifunctional do-it-all tools: the Chinese Military Shovel WJQ-308! Surrender now, resistance is futile... can you dig it?

Electronic Nose Sniffs Blood, Not Breath, For Ovarian Cancer

Recent research conducted at three universities in Sweden focused on the detection of cancer through the odors of blood tissue rather than breath odors. 

What's A Head In Design? Hair-Inspired Rugs

Anique Noordman's special talent for creating new materials was witnessed by the design world even before her recent graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands last Spring.  But her graduation project, Hairy Carpets, should give a major jolt to her career as a designer.

Double Cell Phone Catches Rays To Run

From design house ZTE Corporation comes the Double Cell phone, a solar-cell using design that lets you talk as long as the sun is up and store that power for use overnight.

Nerf Warlock Axe Swings In With Oddly-Named Medieval Fun

Nerf toys are the gold standard when it comes to weaponry that doesn’t really hurt – guns that fire soft darts, bandoliers that store ammo and now a foam axe that lets kids become their favorite mythical, blade-wielding hero (or villain).

They Tried to Trick Us! Commercials for Lame Toys

It is the job of marketing execs to make toys look fun.  But the real question is: Is it possible to make the milking of a tiny fake cow into an exciting play experience?

Mobile Social Media Competes With Facebook For Photo-Snappin' Check-in Crowd

With a user base of less than 1 percent of Facebook, Foursquare hasn't really seemed like much of a competitor for the monolithic social network that is currently scaling past a half billion followers. However, in just surpassing 5 million users, the location-based social network has increased its base by ten-fold in just 9 months. Why? Because mobility is now a major factor in how folks want to access their social networks.

Easiest Give: Non-Profit Helps You Donate Where It's Needed Most

It's the time of year where many of us are focused upon giving, and as we pass around gifts to those already leading comfortable lives, it's hard to forget about those who really need our help. With so many different charities and centers designed to help the under-priviledged, it's always hard to know where a donation that you choose to make will be most needed and appreciated. A non-profit operating online ensures that every donation you make truly helps.

Eco-friendly Christmas Trees Stands in Haifa Shortly After Devastating Fire

Today in the center of Haifa there is a 38-foot Christmas tree made of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly tree was finished a few days after devastating fires left over 40 people dead and millions of trees destroyed. The green project could not have been done without the help of Haifa's local residents.

Wry Terrorist Tea Pot Takes A Stab At The 'Warm & Fuzzy' Tea Cozy

There's nothing out of bounds for the heralded British designer of wry - SUCK UK.  (Yes, wry did just become a noun.)   So it should not be a surprise that the company pokes fun not only at the British favorite pass time (Will you have a cup of tea, dear?), but at the traditional sweet, flowery, prim tea cozy.

 

Better Marriage Blanket Neutralizes Nasty Gas Under The Covers

There is a little talked about problem between most couples.  Even if the rest of your relationship is sweet, sometimes the smell under the blankets is not.  The issue comes from one or both of the people emitting gas, either knowingly or unknowingly, under the sheets.  The Better Marriage Blanket was created to take care of exactly this problem.   

Vtech Digicam Lets Kids Put Their Name On The Director's Chair

Vtech knows kids, and they know how to make toys for little ones with sticky fingers, dirty hands and a propensity to drop expensive objects on the ground. So instead of letting kids "borrow" your video camera this Christmas, Vtech has created a safer, kid-friendly option, the Movie Magic Digicam.

The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 7 - Record Your World With The Archos Jukebox

The jukebox has come a long way since the Happy Days of Fonzie smacking it around to make it work, and Jukeboxes in restaurants have all but disappeared. Fortunately, if you're looking to record some music this holiday, capture the spirit of the season or show your relatives what they really sound like when they're fighting, the Arhcos 20GB USB Jukebox might just be for you.

Google's Next Social Media Wave Might Be Shared Spaces?

Google, as the current Internet leader may be deposed soon by the one consituency of the Web it's been unable bring under its allegiance. With flawed social network attempts such as Orkut and Buzz, and even it's still-to-be-released Google Me - it just doesn't seem to have the social media gene to pull it off. When Google Wave closed shop recently and engineers started an exodus for greener pastures at Facebook, it looked like the search giant had seen its better days.

Get Your Spy On With Hidden Camera Spectacles!

Cameras are in just about everything these days, or so it would seem, and while you might alwaus have four of them in your purse or pocket at any given time contained in your electronics, you still need to have free hands to use them. A recent creation solves this problem and helps you get your spy on!

New York Introduces Pop-Up Cafes!

In the past, there was no option for NYC business owners to introduce cafes along the city's curb lanes, but after a successful summer trial this past year, the city is actually encouraging the establishment of some pop-up businesses and they're willing to make changes to make it work!

YogaTailor: Site Creates Custom Yoga Programs

Yoga is hugely popular right now, and in order to compete, websites and yoga studios need to have an edge against the competition. There's a new website that offers a unique yoga experience for a very affordable price!

Introducing Café Colon, the Canned Coffee Enema

Good news, everyone! Café Colon is a canned weight loss solution designed to bring your lower GI tract back to optimum health. You don't even have to like drinking coffee to enjoy the benefits... because you DON'T drink it.

Social Media Gives To Charity Every Time You Shop For The Holidays

Now your holiday shopping will not only bring a smile to the faces of those on your shopping list, it will also be used to donate to worthy causes. This year many of us became acquainted with location-based social networks that add a layer of social media to our mobile devices. This holiday season, four of the LBS applications that allows users to broadcast their location to their followers will also trigger merchants and venues to donate to charities. It's a win-win for all!

Gro-egg Allows You To Monitor Nursery Temperature At A Glance

One thing that health providers warn about is not letting your baby get too overheated.  Accomplishing this is often easier said than done.  Fortunately, the Gro-egg can help you keep the nursery temperature at the right level and is meant to be quick and easy to read.

Coco Myles: Bridesmail Design Their Own Dresses To Avoid Horror

It's always flattering to be asked  to be a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding, but well, the dresses can't always be categorized the same way.It's touch to tell a bride what you like and what you don't like for a bridesmaid dress, even if she says that you can play a role in the decision. There's one site that has decided to make the process easier so everyone's happy.

10 Great Gifts To Get Your Kids Out Of The House This Winter

Don't let your kids drive you mad this winter. Get them the most uber-awesomist outdoor gift ever and keep them far, far away from your inner sanctum.

Social Media Monitor Sizes Up A Brand's Competition On Twitter & Facebook

During the last decade when Google was the leader in driving traffic to Web sites, a number of analytical services became available for brand competitors. Vying for Google's search results on Page 1 (preferably above the fold), brands utilized tools to tell them if they were gaining or losing ground.

Street Dinner: A Surprise Italian Dining Adventure

This is without a doubt one of the most intriguing business concepts I've come across in a while, and I would love to see it surface in every major city around the world. This business, Street Dinner offers individuals the chance to experience an Italian dining adventure, and it's all a surprise!

Plush Puffs Add Something Special To Your Hot Cocoa - Maple Bacon Anyone?

Hot chocolate is a winter staple and having it without marshmallows is practically sacrilegious.  During the holidays it can be nice to kick things up a bit though and one thing you may want to try is gourmet flavored marshmallows.  Plush Puffs is a line of gourmet marshmallows that come in some unusual flavours.

650-Degree, Electric Grill Makes A Great Gift For Any Meat-Lovin' Man (Or Lady)

Don't just cook your steak--char it, sear in the flavor and devour it like the wild carnivore you are. This Hammacher grill combines convenience and power into a sleek, enviable package.

Child's Risk Of Autism Doubles With Proximity To Freeways

The incidence of autism increased by 57 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Several recent studies have shown that environmental pollution is tied to that increase.  The newest one, to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives, reports that mothers living close to highly trafficked freeways are twice as likely to give birth to autistic babies than mothers who do not.

 

Off-Road-Ready And Sexy? Teva Makes High Heels

Tired of being forced to abandon your sex appeal with functional but unfashionable brown leather hiking boots? Here's something that's sure to pitch a tent or two before you're even back at the campsite.

Don't Let Saggy Pants Drag You Down: Get Subs™ Control

One inventor, Andrew Lewis of Harlem, has come up with a way to keep the eyesore saggies above the butt.  It was a trend many of us hoped would go away, but it has actually caught 'on fire' in urban neighborhoods.  Saggy pants.  The fat workman's 'crack,' so often hyperbolized as the height of grossness, is now considered fashion among school kids and even those in their twenties! 

 

Watch It! Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch Records Your Christmas Antics

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like letting kids spy on the family's holiday fun, and with the Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch, they can conduct Yuletide espionage and save the world from those who might steal their precious presents.

Fingerprint Gun Aims To Load Up On Safety

Handguns are a danger in any industrialized country, and despite active gun registries and police presence, their use only seems to be increasing. Now, designer Sun Xiaotian has come up with a novel way of protecting the peace and the "piece" - the Fingerprint Gun.

McDonalds Japan To Test Delivery Service In Tokyo

McDonalds Japan is about to roll out a delivery service, allowing customers to order fast food from the comfort of their couches.

Smart Talk In 30 Languages: A Must Have Carry On

If you can't find a personal translator for your world travel plans, the electronic Talking Language Translator's the next best thing - at least for every day tourist survival skills.  This little gadget can translate an English phrase into 30 European and Asian languages - spoken languages.

Design That Thinks Ahead: The 24 Port USB Monster Hub!

How many times have you had to disconnect one USB gadget so you could replace it with another in the most convenient port or hub on your desk?  And when you want to use the first again, you can't find it!  Like the Quirky Pivot Power Strip, the 24 Port USB Monster Hub provides a valuable industrial design solution to office disorganization.

IBM's Watson Computer To Play Foil To Jeopardy's Sherlocks

In a move reminiscent of their "Deep Blue" chess match-ups with Garry Kasparov, IBM has once again created a machine meant to beat our puny human brains. This time around, it's named "Watson" and it aims to take on the most popular question and answer show on television - Jeopardy.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Amazing Phone Book Art

Alex Queral is an artist that isn't afraid to put a face to all of those names found in a phone book.

Cyclists: Cover Your Ass. Literally.

You protect your head, hands and body while cycling, why not your ass?

7 Wild, Multifunctional Bikes

Bicycles are usually pretty straightforward. They get you from point a. to point b. with two wheels, a pair of pedals, a few gears and a chain.

Not these bikes. These bikes each feature at least one totally different function that sets them apart from every other 10-speed, commuter and mountain bike. 


iPad-Compatible Clothing For Carrying Social Media On Your Person (Just In Time For The Holidays)

As innovative as the iPad is, the one challenge that most owners are up against is how to transport their portable hand-held computers around. Sling bags, purses and backpacks are jerry-rigged solutions. When you're on the go with an urge to tweet or check your Facebook status quickly, the best access is reaching for the envied device from the inside pocket of a jacket or vest designed specifically for the purpose.

PomegranateArt Easily Extracts Those Tasty Seeds

The only problem with pomegranates is getting those stubborn little seeds out of their protective casing without completely ruining your clothes and temporarily staining your skin.  PomegranateART is designed to quickly and cleanly remove the seeds from the pomegranate.

Salvation Army Modernizes Their Kettle Collection

One of the big names in business that you hear about during the holiday season is the Salvation Army. It's a non-profit that we all know best for their collections efforts that involve collections kettles and little ringing bells. This year, they've decided to take their business plan, and collections efforts to new levels by modernizing the way that they take donations.

SkyKap Combines Golf and GPS

A golf cap with GPS built right into the visor, the SkyKap is a easy way to improve your game! Let one of your buddies buy drinks next time.

Pimp Your Ride With Big, Horrible Mascara

Is the leather bra not effeminate enough for your car? How about some eyelashes for your headlights. Yeah. They actually have those.

Nerf Bandolier Takes Foam Wars To The Next Level

Nerf has always been the purveyor of things both slightly aggressive and yet relatively safe - and they've effectively cornered the foam-war market doing so. Now, they've created the Nerf Bandolier to keep young foam warriors in the action longer.

The Mass Electric Vehicle Era Is Underway

An historic week for mass-produced electric vehicles, the first Nissan Leaf made its way off of the lot and Chevy began shipping Volts to dealerships.

The Bond Bike In Action

The Bond Bike is one of the most extreme bikes of 2010 and one lucky rider actually got to take it for a spin through the snow drifts it was designed to master.

The Sharpie Dotifier - DIY Robots FTW

Sometimes, you've just got to build yourself a robot arm that draws pictures by dotting them on paper with a Sharpie, and that's exactly what Chris over at PyroElectro projects did. Enjoy!

Inventor Creates 'Corsuit' To Provide Swimming Strength & Stability

This past January performance body suits were banned from swimming competitions, leaving many competitors spineless... in a way. 

 

Fujitsu's Hybrid Generator: Body Heat Generates Electricity

The Hybrid Generator, introduced by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on December 9th, will do what no other energy-harvesting device can - generate energy from two ambient sources.  Using both thermoelectric (heat) and photovoltaic (light) sources to harvest energy for generating electricity, the Hybrid Generator is both cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Sassy Teething Feeder Allows Babies A Wider Range of Food Choices

Here is an interesting little baby tool.  It looks like a contraption you would see featured on one of those ‘guess what it is’ type of gadget postings.  This one is called the Sassy Teething Feeder and it actually looks quite handy for parents who are interested in introducing their babies to new food tastes or who want to offer their child another teething option.

Flip.to & Magnetic Marketing: Social Media That Engages 21st Century Travelers

Flip.to, a new marketing service that turns travelers into a brand's best advocates (spreading the word about their upcoming stay or flight to their social networks), has expanded to five continents with over 50 charter members.  Differing markedly from the traditional push or pull marketing of the last century, Flip.to is based on “magnetic marketing” and is already showing extraordinary results when engaging with hotel guests and airline passengers, at time of booking.

Ancient Chinese Biotechnology Could Bear Fruit In Africa

Organic farming in Africa is set to get a boost from traditional Chinese biotechnology, though the key to protecting mango and cashew crops may make some a bit antsy.

11 Hilariously Stupid, Strange and Ugly Christmas Ornaments

These days, Christmas isn’t about religion, it’s about expressing yourself and showing others how much you (don’t) care about them. What better way to show what a weirdo you are than adoring your tree with the tackiest, ugliest and just plain strangest Christmas ornaments around?

MTV Music Meter Tracks Social Media To Return To Roots

Who ever remembers the launch of MTV in the early 80s may wax nostalgic in learning that the network is returning to its roots. The slogan "I want my MTV" accompanied the latest Michael Jackson and Madonna music videos and certainly aided in the meteoric rise of these artists. This week with the release of the MTV Music Meter and its interface with social media, the parent company Viacom will showcase up-and-coming  artists and bands that are most buzzed about on social networks.

DIY Invention: Pedal Powered Snowplow

Kevin Blake's self-made, pedal-powered snowplow is both effective and environmentally friendly.  Taking some of the strain out of shoveling snow, the pedal-powered snowplow uses an old riding lawnmower, a plow V-blade, and old bicycle parts.  The apparatus is 100% free of emissions and composed of mostly reused items.

Quirky's Socially Developed Power Strip Has "Pivot Power"

Your power strip has six power outlets, but strangely, you cannot insert more than three or four power plugs at a time.  The outlets are all meant for the standard two or three pronged plug, but as we know there are any number of adapters that depend on electric power, and they take up a lot more room than a regular lamp plug. With 709 inventors contributing, Quirky's Pivot Power creates an elegant solution.

 


Gisele And The Green Team: Supermodel Goes Super Green

Supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, presents an ironic new web series for AOL.com entitled, "Gisele and the Green Team."  The show is geared toward teaching green-living skills and empowering young girls.  The team of svelte superheroes fights evil environmental villains such as loggers and developers using beauty accessories that double as weapons.

Lego Creationary Builds Up The Fun This Christmas

Lego has always been a go-to children’s Christmas toy, but this year they’ve stepped up their game with the development of Lego Creationary – fun for ages 7 and up.

Boonghand Lighter Keeps Thieves From Getting Your Precious Fire

Lighters are one of the most often-purchased plastic commodities – cheaply purchased and easily forgotten or stolen by others of the cancer-stick or fire-loving persuasion. Now, the concept Boonghand lock lighter helps keeps sticky fingers off of your fire-maker.

10 Gifts For Pet & Animal Lovers Of All Ages

Certain pets take so much of our time and energy that when a friend has a pet, one of the gift giving considerations is his or her preoccupation (some call it love) with that pet.  Then there are those whose greater interest is with wildlife and the animals only found in the wild, with the exceptions residing in zoos. Here are some new ideas for holiday gifts for the pet and animal loving human adults and kids in your life.

 


Social Media's Person Of The Year Vs. Time's Person Of The Year

While Time Magazine does conduct a user-generated poll each year to determine their "Person of the Year," it's not as democratic a process as a true social media survey might be. While the periodical's designation usually honors 'honorary' people, it has fallen out of favor with voters with selections such as Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1979) and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. This year, the same could hold true with this year's top three poll winners.

Novelty Socks Will Bring Out Your Wild Side

Just in time for the holidays there are some funky novelty socks that will bring out the wild side in anyone!

NHow Hotel: A Music Oasis In Milan

Niche hotels have been popping up all around the world to appeal to specific groups of travelers, and the latest one in Milan will be music to many travelers' ears (literally)!

Eau De Paris: Sparkling Water Fountains Hit Paris Streets

We've seen a number of different businesses install pay-per-use water fountains on city streets to encourage use of reusable water bottles for waste reduction. But now, one international city has decided to make a little side business through their public water works and it's got that sparkly, new feeling!

Mission Accomplished - Flight Suit George Bush Action Figure Declares War On Boredom

Yep. You read it right. Not just a George Bush action figure, but a fully-loaded George Bush in a Flight Suit, ready-for-action figure. This “dub-yah” stands for WIN.

The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 6 – The Joystick Gets Classy

At a certain point, other adults and significant romantic partners tend to ask gamers to throw out or sell their old gaming equipment owing to the fact that it is “ugly”. In some cases, they’re correct, but not when it comes to the Singibigi Joystick, a retro take on the gaming controller.

Social Media's Great Red Meat, A Mere Blip On The Silicon Valley Radar?

What could generate more page-views than a good old fashioned Deep-Throat-like scandal? And TechCrunch, one of the Internet's top blogs and its editor Michael Arrington are masters at this type of reporting. Whether they're lampooning Zynga and their online games as "Scamville," accusing Facebook of stealing from Google or suing Fusion Garage for false advertising regarding its ill-conceived "Crunchpad" project - this TMZ-type of journalism does whet the public's appetite for good story-telling.

Le Edge Offers A New Way Of Exfoliating That Dry Winter Skin

Le Edge is a new exfoliation method.  Unlike most other home exfoliation methods, Le Edge does not require that you apply any product.  It looks like a type of razor and is used in much the same way. 

Lava Me Tender: Big Rack Rock Invades Japanese Beach!

A five foot wide anatomically correct lava bomb resting on the beach near the Japanese seaside town of Reihoku has got tourists lining up to ogle Mother Nature's bouncy bounty.

There's A Fragrance Feast Out There In Wax Tarts!

Isn't it frustrating to purchase a fragrant candle, light it up, and your fragrance goes up in smoke?  Literally, it does; half the time all you smell is smoke. When you light a candle directly, you are burning it, and that smell tends to overcome the fragrance that may be in it.

Social Media Hackers, Heroes Or Villains?

Anyone who has seen the movie, The Social Network is familiar with how in the early years, Mark Zuckerberg pitted young students against each other in a heated competition as to who could "code" the fastest. The most savvy cognoscenti won a chance to join Facebook's start-up team back in 2004. On a recent installment of 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl noted that "Hacker" posters papered the walls of FB's HDQ. Which begs the question - what determines whether hackers are heroes or villains?

Unique Eco-friendly Winter Ornaments To Warm Up Your Home

There is just something so special about a finding a unique and eco-friendly ornament. They seem to be filled with love and it is easy to tell a lot of time and thought went into making them. Take a look at the festive and unique list of eco-friendly winter ornaments below.

iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

Beard Head Knit Cap – Washable Whiskers For Ski, Snow & Show

I see your hipster Beardski and I raise you the Beard Head Knit Cap! This cool wool acrylic blend ski mask comes with a removable mustache. For winter weather protection, it can't be ZZ Topped.

Interactive Toilet Offers Potty Trainees A Hand...Literally

I for one know that potty training can be difficult.  I am all for getting tips in the positive reinforcement department.  I will pretty much take help from anywhere – well, almost anywhere.  The Interactive Toilet concept may be taking things a little too far for impressionable potty users in training.

Hockey Jersey Dresses For The Ultimate Hockey Fangirl!

With hockey season and the holidays conveniently coinciding, could there possibly be a better gift than hockey swag for a major fan? Actually, yes, because now there are new, more feminine options available for female hockey fans that are on the market for the first time!

10 + Tart Warmer Gifts For The Best Home Fragrances

Some years ago a friend sent me a 'tart warmer'' for Christmas.  Tarts in this context are like mini candles, but they don't have candle wicks.  They are not meant to be burned directly, but warmed by another heating element, like a tea light or light bulb. And boy, does a tart warmer emit fragrance!  Candle burning doesn't compare!

 


The Chem 3000 - A Holiday Toy For Adults. Merry Chemsmas!

In many respects, growing up sucks. Bills, work and responsibilities tend to drain the fun out of holidays, replacing awesome Christmas toys with socks and shirts. But for those that want a little more bang for their buck this Christmas, the Thames & Kosmos Chem 3000 chemistry set delivers!

Giant Robotic Dust Ball Is Here To Destroy…Dirt?

We’re all for slick future technology, and designer Dave Hakkens is definitely trending that way with his Giant Robotic Dust Ball, along with a healthy dose of the “holy crap that’s weird” feeling. 

Holiday Dieting? Imagine Eating Those Fattening Foods

A small study conducted by psychologists at Carnegie Melon University gives pause to the logical conclusion that if you're dieting you should not dwell on your favorite fattening foods.  On the contrary, the study suggests, you should imagine that you are actually eating them.

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew At China's Mineral Banquet

Welcome to the REAL Hard Rock Cafe. A mineral-rich exhibit at the Stone Museum in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou City featured marbled roasts, stone cold side dishes and glittering rock candy.

Silver Dollar Waffle Griddle Combines The Best Of Both Worlds

Pancakes or waffles?  Waffles or pancakes?  You may have to make the ultimate decision if you are out at your favorite breakfast spot, but if you are making a hot breakfast at home you can now combine the two.  The Nordic Ware Silver Dollar Waffle Griddle allows you to have the best of both breakfast worlds.

The Insect Of Supercars: Six-Wheeled Covini C6W

One of the strangest supercars of all time, the Covini C6W brings six wheels and 433 horsepower to the road or track.

A Popper & Nut Roaster To Make Parties More Fun For Everyone

It's easy to pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, but nothing tastes as good as when it's popped with a dedicated popper. The electric West Bend has a surprise: it's a Kettle Krazy Popcorn Popper AND Nut Roaster!  It will even glaze popcorn and nuts for you.  Here's how it works.

Aquadoodle Classic Mat A Draws Kids In Again And Again

As Christmas rapidly approaches, parents are seeking the perfect gift for their young children - preferably one that won't damage the house or dye the dog purple. Say hello to the classic Aquadoodle mat.

TV Advertising Still As Effective And Annoying As Ever, Study Finds

For years, there has been concern in the TV advertising industry that the use of PVRs and DVRs would ruin sales numbers and force a revolution. According to research conducted at the University of Chicago, Tilburg University and Duke University - not so much.

Green Building From Top to Bottom: Eco-Conscious Roofing

From rooftop gardens to more traditional yet green options, roofing has come a long way.  Conventional roofs have surprisingly detrimental effects on our environment, but the ecocentric homeowner can rest assured with these three alternatives.

Wave Cave: Surfboard Bag And Sun Tent All In One

The WaveCave is part surfboard bag, part tent, all beach-ready. Get protection from the sun, wind and sand crabs without any bulky equipment to haul.

Really... What's Better Than The Gift Of Better Health? The StressEraser®

Back in 'the day' a home medical device like a biofeedback machine was costly and complicated to operate. But not today.  In fact, there's one device that virtually every adult you know can benefit from: the portable biofeedback device called the StressEraser.

Social Media Payback Can Be A B*tch Sometimes

With Julian Assange now under arrest, it's not enough for protesters to wield protest signs asking to "Free The Wikileaks Founder." No, in the digital age, you hit opposing forces where it hurts - their Web sites! To that end, a group of hackers under an initiative dubbed "Operation Payback" are in full throttle mode to take down Web sites of those that have denied service or accused Assange of illegal activities.

Social Media Twins Seek Greater Fortunes From Facebook Coffers Graphically

The Ivy League twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook at Harvard back in 2004 have reengaged their legal battle with him on the heels of an award-winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel that have brought greater focus to a social network that has already attracted a half billion-plus followers.

With A Little Help, Two Male Mice Father Offspring In Texas

Raising expectations for a time in the not-so-distant future that same sex human couples may be able to have their own genetic children, reproductive specialists at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas published their work assisting this procedure in male mice.

 

Magic Carp-pet Swims Into Your Living Room - Nothing Fishy Here, Folks

From ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects comes the cleverly-named Magic Carp-pet, a fuzzy little rug image of carp that appear to swim when viewed through a special glass coffee table.

A Green Home is A Warm Home: Eco-Friendly Heating Options

Stay both green and warm this winter using eco-friendly, innovative alternatives to traditional heating systems.  Geothermal heat pumps, GE's GeoSpring Hybrid, and the Complete Radiant Panel all promise to save energy and money while keeping your home toasty.

Folding Wooden Princess Castle Gives Girls A Chance To Rule For Christmas

Most toy castle sets are for boys and come with grey stone walls, archers, and a general sense offoreboding. The Melissa and Doug wooden folding princess castle offers a high-quality medieval alternative for girls.

A Clock With Attitude: Yup, It Rolls Its Eyes!

Want the time?  Read my eyes.

Just what you need... a sarcastic clock.  Well, it's here and you can leave it to Suck UK to bring it to you.


Indoor Ice Climbing...At Work!

Slow day at the office? Consider grabbing your axe, crampons and puffy jacket and going for a wall climb.

Out Of All Social Media Shopping Deal Sites, Did Google Bet On The Wrong Horse?

After the smoke cleared and Google's all-time highest acquisition offer for Groupon went south, one has to ponder if the search giant should have gone after one of its competitors versus the market leader? And instead of spending $6 million they could have gotten away with a lot less - say, with a site like, LivingSocial.

Pikachu This! 10 Ways Pokémon Pikachu Powers Up Pop Culture

Pikachu was, is, and always will be the most popular of all Pokémon characters and the cuddly yellow critter has become the de facto face of the franchise. Pikachu's pop culture power is so potent, the real world has witnessed plenty of Pikachu sightings and is deluged with a plethora of Pikachu products. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy.

Kidorable Clothing Brightens Up Dreary Winter Days

If you are looking for some adorably exceptional getups to keep your kids dry and warm this winter then you should have a look at the Kidorable line.  This kid clothing company specializes in delightful creations that are sure to brighten up those dreary weather days.

China Panda Researchers Find Panda Suits Suit Pandas

Researchers at China's critically endangered Giant Panda sanctuary are offering panda parents a helping hand raising their cubs... a warm, furry, and oddly familiar helping hand.

10 Super Creative Cat Calendars For 2011

Pet calendars have become so clever and creative that this year I've decided to separate the cat calendars from the dog ones. No one seems to be very creative with the remaining species of pets, but that's my complaint every year.  So, off we go into kitty land and the artists that express them so well in the 2011 Cat Wall Calendars.

10 Doggone Delightful Dog Calendars For 2011

Here's one difference between dog and cat lovers.  Cat lovers love cats; dog lovers love specific breeds of dogs.  Generalization?  Well, that's what calendar publishers are telling us, because they print far more breed specific calendars about dogs than cats.  I sent my dog Coca out digging for the doggone delightful ones and he came back with some - very proud of himself.

 

File Sharing, The Ultimate Social Media Activity Rachets Up With Michael Jackson Release

From the days of Napster to Peter Sunde most recently facing millions in damages and an actual prison sentence for his illegal music and video sharing on The Pirate Bay, torrent files are prompting the government to intervene. And with the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Michael" being leaked via file-sharing sites this week, Big Brother may enact more forceful censorship laws.

Philips Avent Baby Monitor With DECT Technology Keeps Your Nursery Private

Some baby monitors tend to pick up signals from outside the home.  As annoying as it can be to have these extra sounds coming through your monitor, it is also kind of creepy to think about the fact that someone else may be picking up sounds from yours.  The Philips Avent Basic Baby Monitor with DECT Technology keeps your nursery completely private with encrypted signals.

iPhone Battery Charger Idea Powered by Wind

A Dutch designer, Tjeerd Veenhoven has come up with a concept that may save all iPhone users some money on their electric bill. Instead of plugging in to constantly recharge Tjeerd has designed the iFan concept. It powers the iPhone by wind.

More On Eco-Building: Walls That Talk Green

The materials traditionally used for walls and ceillings can often contribute to pollution, CO2 emissions, and waste, but GreenDepot.com provides a wealth of innovative options for the eco-conscious builder.  Many of these materials qualify for LEED credits and all of them help reduce our carbon footprint.

Airport Compass Boarding Pass May Take Flight

From Kang Eun-Kyung and Park Ji-Eun comes the Compass Boarding Pass Concept, a way to help travelers navigate the most confusing part of their trip - the airport.

Probably Not TSA Approved - The Playmobil Security Checkpoint

With hilarity that seems almost too on-point to be real, the Playmobil "Security Check Point" has seen a sudden resurgence of interest online.

Google's Attempt At Grabbing Social Media Profiles With Sitelinks

There's a marked contrast that while Mark Zuckerberg gets to basically advertise a new Facebook user profile for free to millions of viewers on 60 Minutes, coverage of Google's attempt to capture social graph profiles from netizens is limited to a handful of search engine blogs.

School Rules! 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese School & Stationery Supplies

Japan is famed for its education system and rightly so, though with school supplies like these its a wonder students can concentrate on the subject at hand.

Impress The Family With Amazing Pancake Pen Creations

Until now it took some special talent to create shaped pancakes, but with the Pancake Pen things may be a lot easier.  The Pancake Pen by Tovolo allows you to mix and accurately dispense batter in one convenient container. 

Ten 2011 Wall Calendars To Count You Into The Next Decade

Some of us are very sentimental about our wall calendars and end up keeping them for years. Perhaps that's why we spend a bit of time searching for a special one that "clicks." Whether you are buying a calendar for yourself or someone else (hint: great Christmas gift), I've hand-picked 10 that express the various ways some may like to start the next decade.

 

Diaper Vest Wearable Diaper Bag Keeps Dads' Hands Free

Dads are not so accustomed to packing around a bag full of stuff.  If you have any new dads or dads-to-be on your shopping list for this year you may want to have a look at the Diaper Vest Wearable Diaper Bag.  This smart idea gives dad a way to bring along all of the essentials while having his hands completely free to focus on the baby.

Ila Sport Pedometer Offers Extra Security During Your Late Night Workout

Work, family, social obligations and household upkeep take up a lot of time, which means that many people are forced to fit in their workouts at the end of the day.  For those who enjoy outdoor activities this means that exercise often takes place in the dark.  This is when having a device such as the Ila Sport Pedometer Alarm can really come in handy.

Social Media As New Movie Genre May Take Home Oscar Gold

If Slumdog Millionaire and No Country For Old Men are any indication that the winners of the the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures are a precursor for deciding Oscar winners, then this year's first movie about social media might score that coveted award. Winning four out of the top 15 awards from the NBR, The Social Network was distinguished best of the best when it was named the 2010 Film of the Year.

Chinese High-Speed Train Smashes World Rail Speed Record

China Railway's CRH380A high-speed train has broken the world speed record for commercial rail travel. Will this news make operators of Japan's famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) blink? If they do, they just might miss it.

Hoo Ha Ride Glide Cream Keeps Your Vajayj Lean, Mean And Clean

Nut pain is no secret, but guys aren't the only ones that get sore in the genitals.

Social Media Leaks Categorize Julian Assange As The Osama Bin Laden Of The Internet

The founder of WikiLeaks is not only a wanted man by the American authorities, his now infamous Web site WikiLeaks is also under attack by notorious hackers, while its services are being cut-off by Amazon and EveryDNS.net. Although not officially announced, Julian Assange might be considered today's public enemy number-one, taking the place of the illusive Osama bin Laden. Not since 9/11 has any one figure reached such notoriety due to what many consider acts against a state.

If You're Going Green This Christmas, Think About Metal

The guilt goes on year after year. Do you buy a real tree or bring the plastic one down from the attic.  Hmm.  That plastic one is so tacky and it's not like it fools anyone.  Why pretend?  Michelle Weingeist has solved the problem elegantly with the sustainable aluminum spiral Christmas tree she named Tannenboing that doesn't pretend to be a real tree.

 

 

Solar Power Helps Lessen Tree Lot Carbon Footprint During the Holidays

In San Diego, Stellar Solar is coming up with innovative ways to use their solar powered products during the holidays. This year they are powering the world's first solar powered Christmas tree lots. Contradicting idea? Maybe.

Rusty Headphone Hoodie, Just One More Place to Store Your 'Buds

A new way to wear your music is also a great holiday gift for nearly anyone.

Stem Cell Spray Heals Burns Study Shows

Doctors at the University of Utah's Burn Care Center reported success in their pilot study testing a stem cell solution that is sprayed directly onto burns. By spraying a patient's burn with a topical solution made with their own stem cells, doctors have observed a truly remarkable healing process.

Reisenthel® Mother Child Shopping Bag Makes It Easy For Your Toddler To Help

Toddlers love to help out.  While it sometimes makes tasks a little (or a lot) more challenging, it can be worth it to let them pitch in from time to time just to see the look of pride on their little faces.  The Reisenthel® Mother Child Shopping Bag was made for exactly this purpose....oh, and carrying your essentials, of course.  

Social Media Plus Sergey Brin Equals Google Plus One

To date, Google has chased the elusive social media butterfly hither and fro with little to no success to really call its own. Over the years, it has experimented with Orkut, Google Buzz and the yet-to-be-launched Google Me. Even its collaborative enterprise and much ballyhooed project Wave was just recently scrapped. So what's a search engine to do?

Shoe Phone? Old School – Try Shoe Radar Instead

GPS systems are a great way to find your way – when they work. For those times that GPS doesn’t live up to its moniker, North Carolina State University is developing the shoe radar.

Qwirkle - Weird Name, Fun Game

Fun and addictive with a distinct element of strategy, Qwirkle is a board game that's been winning awards and rave reviews from parents and consumers alike.

12 Hot Gifts For Boomers, Seniors, & Maybe YOU This Christmas

Goodies and gadgets for the later-aged this Christmas... We have twelve, one for each day of Christmas and you can take your pick of your favorite 8 for Hanukkah gifts.  You'll have to judge which are the best for your boomer and senior relatives; we don't all age gracefully.

 


Social Media Random Chat Minus The Private Parts

When Howard Stern titled his 1997 movie, "Private Parts," it was of course a double entendre that exposed the bad boy radio jock's origins while also referencing his obsession with the physical anatomy. When the video chat site Chatroulette graced (or disgraced, dependent on your point of view) our computer screens, that social network gave a whole new meaning to the psychological term "penis envy." With the recent launch of HowRandom.com, a new social media site looks to eliminate visuals from the chatting equation.

Contraceptive Cell Phone Charms Make Safety Your First Call

A cheeky new cell phone charm from China is making 'bad' boys & girls look more edgy and, surprisingly, just may be helping them to “play safe” - if you know what I mean.

Super Vortex Battle Action Tops The Holiday Wish List

They’re called Beyblades, and for those that aren’t in the know, they’re essentially a modern version of spinning tops. Now, they come with their own arena for holiday battling action.

Building a Green Home from the Ground Up - Best Green Flooring Options

Choosing flooring materials and installation practices that suit both your needs and the environment's welfare, may seem like big ordeal.  But with options ranging from bamboo flooring to natural oil-based stains, going green has more options than you may realize - including good old-fashioned linoleum flooring!

Roku XD – 1080p Streaming Video Comes Home For Christmas

Sure, it sounds like a type of noodle, but the Roku is in fact one of the most compact and best-reviewed streaming video players currently on the market. Oh, and now it comes with 1080p capabilities.


The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 5 – The Universal Video Converter

Video conversion is a great idea, but so few of us actually take the time to get it done after the tapes have been recorded or the DVDs burned. Fortunately, the Universal Video Converter from Vupoint is here to help.

 

10 Fun, Funky, Fanciful & Functional Gifts Under $50

It's the Holidays, 2010.  We're stretching it to buy gifts for only the most special in our lives, and the gifts will be more personal, more meaningful, than years past, because we are stretching and our giftees know that.  This year I found a range of new design gifts for those special people - the fun, the funky, the fanciful, and the functional. You'll find something for your special ones, without busting your budget.

 


Social Media's Six Billion Dollar Man Knows How To Shop For Deals

Wunderkind 29-year old entrepreneur Andrew Mason figured how to inject hysteria into his Groupon model of Internet bargain hunting. Exclusivity and short-order inventories were the key. Not only has it attracted 33 million subscribers and the attention of top line investors like Digital Sky Technologies, this week the founder enters the stratosphere with an inconceivable offer of $6 billion by search giant Google to acquire the social media buying site.

Every Hour Is Happy Hour In Moutai, China's 'New Town of National Liquor'

Moutai, China's national drink, is under threat from pollution and urban sprawl. What to do? If you're the town of Moutai, you simply move a few thousand people away from the brewery, to the 'New Town of National Liquor'. I'll drink to that!

Have A Beer With Man's Best Friend

Wish you could enjoy and ice-cold brew with your dog without worrying about harmful side-effects? Thanks to Dutch-made "Dog Beer" you can!

Green Building: USGBC Incentives Go Beyond the Trend

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is ever-increasing their efforts to promote green building materials, products, and practices.  From LEED certification credits in your home to your school, USGBC promises to improve tomorrow's planet through today's efforts.

Old Crayons? More Like Awesome New Crayola Crayons!

From Crayola, maker all things coloring comes the Crayola Crayon Maker, a way to create crazy new color combinations from discarded crayon bits.

 

Social Media Service For Hotels & Airlines Adds Arrival, Concierge & Loyalty Components

Flip.to's social media and marketing service for the travel industry is broadening its platform with the addition of "Arrival," "Concierge" and "Loyalty" components. As an international operation, Flip.to has been customizing innovative services for boutique hotels, airlines, airports and destination restaurants around the world.